ONLINE CLASS: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (2274)

Six Tuesdays: August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EDT Online

$175 Per Person (10% off for members)

The course provides an opportunity to read, study, and discuss Herman Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. The story tracks two parallel quests: Captain Ahab’s to kill and thereby take revenge on the white whale; and Ishmael’s to know and understand the white whale. We’ll examine the novel for its literary merit, including the sometimes-elusive nature of its narrator, its symbols, references, and thematic concerns. Beyond that, we’ll think about the novel’s many arguments about its world (and, indeed, ours), which range from the perils of demagoguery to the politics of race and white supremacy to the nature of God to the tragedies of human-caused species extinction and environmental crisis. Our time together will include some brief lectures, but mostly we’ll use our sessions to discuss and explore this tremendous novel together.

Six Tuesdays: August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. EDT Online

Tentative structure below


Read: Etymology, Extracts 

Discussion Topics: Text and reader 

Read: Moby-Dick, Ch. 1-8 

Discussion Topics: History and water 


Read: Moby-Dick, Ch. 9-18 

Discussion Topics: Religion and prayer Read: Ch. 19-32 

Discussion Topics: Politics and cetology 


Read: Ch. 33-44 

Discussion Topics: Psychology and race Read: Ch. 45-54 

Discussion Topics: Law and symbols 


Read: Ch. 55-72 

Discussion Topics: Art and ethics 

Read: Ch. 73-86 

Discussion Topics: Science and anatomy 


Read: Ch. 87-118 

Discussion Topics: Fate 


Read: Ch. 119-135 

Discussion Topics: Music and survival 

Read: Epilogue 

Discussion Topics: Endings and silence

Required Books:

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (9780143105954)

Amber Clark is a Professor of English and the Director of the Honors Program at Gulf Coast State College, where she has taught composition, rhetoric, literature, and creative writing for twelve years. In addition to teaching, Amber has worked with various literary journals and reviews, such as Tin House, Burnside Review, and The Omni Review, for over twenty years. She currently lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with Sills, a Rat Terrier rescue who runs the whole world.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

SKU: 9787000010567
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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Herman Melville, Nathaniel Philbrick (Foreword by), Tony Millionaire (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143105954
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Penguin Classics - October 27th, 2009